Seven years ago, I took the photo above, hoping that one day we would see a drastic difference. Seven years later the 290 Liberty was still abandoned and in worse shape than it had ever been. With a renovation bill into the million range, no one had stepped up to reverse 30 years of neglect. The Newburgh Community Land Bank came to the tough decision of demolishing the building because of the potential danger it caused to pedestrians, as well as the two neighboring properties. They wrote a very poignant piece on the history of the home, commemorating the lives and the history of the people who once lived there.

Many people are enraged when a building has to be demolished. Some people think it’s just “one more building.” Unfortunately, dozens of other buildings will meet the same fate if not taken care of soon. We lost 290 Liberty, but there are plenty of other buildings screaming out Rescue Me.

06/23/17 11:30am

The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. Photo by NR flickr user Steven Rosas

Newburgh does not need another mall [THR]
Newburgh saves 200 million gallons of water [TCP]
Newburgh to almost double number of street cameras [MHN]
Newburgh doesn’t want parolees from other communities [DF]
Newburgh school district 10 years to repay $12.7M penalty [THR]

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06/23/17 7:30am

This is one of the newest houses to come on the market in the city. It probably won’t last long either. Overall, from the photos the house to appears to be in good condition with room for upgrades and needed improvements. It is in a very desirable location, with neighbors such as the Fullerton Mansion and the Monell Mansion.

318 Grand Street Newburgh NY (Shernette Hall)
Asking Price: $139,900 (foreclosure)
Year Built: 1870
Size: 3,074 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL
Taxes: $17,273
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
Google Map

06/22/17 7:30am

Take a ride down some of the humbler streets in Newburgh, ones without the mansions, where the factory workers used to live. It’s where the heart and soul of the city is. This property used to have a storefront, and it is privately owned. For detailed information, check the Orange County tax records.

I also love the building next door. The roofline has a special detail to cover a stairway.

There are over 700 abandoned or vacant properties in the City of Newburgh. Habitation of these properties is vital to the revitalization of the city. 196 Ann Street Newburgh NY Google Map

Back in March of this year, there was a fundraiser for the Newburgh Illuminated Festival. It was in Thornwillow Institute on South Lander. Wow, was this a party. Good things are happening all around the city.

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